BioEYES Standards Alignment
— 7th Grade

Utah State Science Curriculum

Common Core State StandardsThe Utah Core Standards are aligned to scientifically based content standards. They drive high quality instruction through statewide comprehensive expectations for all students. The standards outline essential knowledge, concepts, and skills to be mastered at each grade level or within a critical content area. The standards provide a foundation for ensuring learning within the classroom.

This state science curriculum is in the process of being phased out in favor of the new Utah SEEd Standards. The SEEd standards will be phased in during the 2017-18 school year. Until then, the following standards are still in effect. [Source (PDF)]

By the end of the BioEYES week, 7th grade students will have a better understanding of the following standards in alignment with the Utah Common Core:

STANDARD 3: Students will understand that the organs of an organism are made of cells that have structures and perform specific life functions

Objective 1: Observe and describe cellular structures and functions

  • During BioEYES:
    • Students will collect zebrafish embryos and observe them under dissecting microscopes.
    • Students will watch the zebrafish embryo develop from a single-cell embryo to a 4-day-old free-swimming larva.
      • As the zebrafish embryos develop they watch how a cluster of cells develop into different organs including heart, brain, blood, and eyes.

Objective 2: Identify and describe the function and interdependence of various organs and tissues. Socially interacting with peers.

  • During BioEYES:
    • Students will observe the development of the organs and be able to match the structure to the appropriate level.
    • Under a microscope students will examine structures of the developing zebrafish embryo and larva and describe the needs that are met by that organ.

STANDARD 4: Students will understand that offspring inherit traits that make them more or less suitable to survive in the environment.

Objective 1: Compare how sexual and asexual reproduction passes genetic information from parent to offspring

  • During BioEYES:
    • Students will use a normal and a mutant zebrafish to explore how traits can be passed down in a dominant/recessive inheritance pattern.
    • Students learn about genetic inheritance and how that differs from acquired traits by exploring inheritance of zebrafish traits.
    • Students cross wildtype and albino zebrafish and observe the structural traits of their offspring.

Objective 2: Relate the adaptability of organisms in an environment to their inherited traits and structures.

  • During BioEYES:
    • Students will explore an albino mutant and a normal zebrafish and discuss advantages/disadvantages to the colorings of each (survival, etc.).
    • Students will discuss usage of zebrafish in scientific research and the applicability to humans.
    • While exploring the mutant zebrafish students will learn the reason for the color variation (DNA base pair change).

By the end of the BioEYES week, 7th grade students will have a better understanding of science, and in alignment with the Utah Common Core standards for Science, be able to use the following skills:

  1. Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
    1. Observe objects and events for patterns and record both qualitative and quantitative information.
    2. Sort and sequence data according to a given criterion.
    3. Develop and use categories to classify subjects studied.
    4. Select the appropriate instrument; measure, calculate, and record in metric units, length, volume, temperature and mass, to the accuracy of instruments used.
    5. When given a problem, plan and conduct experiments in which they:
      • Form research questions.
      • Discuss possible outcomes of investigations.
      • Identify variables.
      • Plan procedures to control independent variable(s).
      • Collect data on the dependent variable(s).
      • Select appropriate format (e.g., graph, chart, diagram) to summarize data obtained.
      • Analyze data and construct reasonable conclusions.
      • Prepare written and oral reports of their investigation.

    • During BioEYES: In the beginning of the week students will be explore a scientific question and determine how to answer that question. Students will then determine what data is necessary to collect to answer that question. They will count, observe and track zebrafish embryos as they develop into larva. They will make observations and report on their data in provided notebooks. They will need to use a classification system to determine whether the objects in their petri dishes are embryos or larva. Students will formulate simple research questions at the onset of the program and as they gather data use that data to answer their research question. Finally they will analyze their data collected throughout the week to determine the answer to their question and experiment.

  2. Manifest Scientific Attitudes and Interests
    1. Raise questions about objects, events, and processes that can be answered through scientific investigation.
    2. Maintain an open and questioning mind toward ideas and alternative points of view.
    3. Check reports of observations for accuracy.
    4. Accept and use scientific evidence to help resolve ecological problems.

    • During BioEYES: Students will be asked to make a number of observations and formulate research questions. To do this they will be asked to tap into their natural curiosity for the world.

  3. Demonstrate Understanding of Science Concepts and Principles
    1. Know and explain science information specified for their grade level.
    2. Distinguish between examples and non-examples of concepts that have been taught.
    3. Compare concepts and principles based upon specific criteria.
    4. Solve problems appropriate to grade level by applying scientific principles and procedures.

    • During BioEYES: Students will attempt to answer the question of which allele is dominant the striped allele or the no-striped allele. As they attempt to answer this question they will need to use appropriate science terminology and solve the problem using the grade level tools available.

  4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning
    1. Provide relevant data to support their inferences and conclusions.
    2. Use precise scientific language in oral and written communication.
    3. Use correct English in oral and written reports.
    4. Use reference sources to obtain information and cite the sources.
    5. Use mathematical reasoning to communicate information.
    6. Construct models to describe concepts and principles.

    • During BioEYES: Students will be making observations and collecting data on embryo and larva development. They will count these organisms and graph their transition. Students will be making observations about what they see during the program week and will be asked to record these observations in the program supplied notebook using both written observations and drawings. Students will be presented with and asked to use the correct terminology for describing their observations.

  5. Demonstrate Awareness of Social and Historical Aspects of Science
    1. Cite examples of how science affects life.
    2. Give instances of how technological advances have influenced the progress of science and how science has influenced advances in technology.
    3. Understand the cumulative nature of the development of science knowledge.

    • During BioEYES: Students will discuss who can become a scientist. The goal of the program is to make science and science careers more accessible to all students. Students will be asked to discuss to describe how we can do science and how science comes in many different forms. In addition, students will explore the relevance of zebrafish as a model system to help try and cure diseases. The techniques and experiments that zebrafish are used for will also be discussed, helping to place them in the broader context of scientific discovery.

  6. Demonstrate Understanding of the Nature of Science
    1. Science is a way of knowing that is used by many people, not just scientists.
    2. Understand that science investigations use a variety of methods and do not always use the same set of procedures; understand that there is not just one "scientific method."
    3. Science findings are based upon evidence.
    4. Understand that science conclusions are tentative and therefore never final. Understandings based upon these conclusions are subject to revision in light of new evidence.
    5. Understand that scientific conclusions are based on the assumption that natural laws operate today as they did in the past and that they will continue to do so in the future.
    6. Understand that various disciplines of science are interrelated and share common rules of evidence to explain phenomena in the natural world.

    • During BioEYES: Students will discuss that curiosity is the primary determinant to “be a scientist” and that many people can use the skills that scientists possess to explore their natural world. During the course of the science investigation students will be pressed to use reasoning and evidence to explain their conclusions.
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